Rainforests are home to 350 million people across the globe, and 1.3 billion people around the world live on less than 1.25 a day. Left with few options, rainforest communities have to resort to clearing land for agriculture or selling rights to mining and oil extraction. The income they receive from these activities is rarely enough to support their family, and often leaves their land devastated. We partner with forest communities to help them make an income that allows them to protect their forests.
By developing income-generating sources for women in indigenous communities, women have been empowered to earn an income for the first time in their lives.
More than 200,000 acres of rainforest are burned every day. That is more than 150 acres lost every minute of every day, and 78 million acres lost every year. We help rainforest communities establish and manage economically and ecologically sustainable livelihoods, providing them a financial stake in protecting forests and their way of life.
The Amazon is one of the biggest reservoirs of carbon dioxide. Depletion of these carbon sinks as well as the almost 20% of global emissions annually coming from the burning and cutting of these forest fuels, furthering climate change. By reducing or eliminating local drivers of deforestation and creating conservation zones, we are keeping forests standing.
More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in tropical rainforests. Through our direct work with forest communities to promote alternatives to deforestation, we are preserving the forest and the population of endemic species while improving the lives of those who live there.
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